Torre Abbey Museum to showcase Torbay by the Sea Exhibition
Torre Abbey Museum is not only bucking the trend when it comes to footfall but this month it also welcomes a brand new exhibition featuring one of the Navy’s most impressive and famous names – HMS Torbay.
Highlighting some of the most bravest exploits and heroism of some of the captains, officers and their crew that served throughout the 20th Century.
All leading towards the retirement of Trafalgar Class Nuclear powered submarine HMS Torbay.
Situated on the first floor of the Torre Abbey Museum the exhibition showcases the history of a range of vessels, points of contact, tours and the role each of the vessels has played in defending both the British sovereignty and freedom.
HMS Torbay, and we have to say this is something we weren’t quite aware of, is one of the most oldest names within the Royal Navy and it’s heritage can be traced back to almost 1694 and is the only ship that is said to be older than the HMS Ark Royal.
Situated on the stair case leading up to the main exhibition you will be greeted by a plethora of plaques, each one presented to Borough from visiting ships. A monumental record of naval ships that have visited Torbay over many years.
Gordon Oliver, Torbay’s Elected Mayor said:
Torbay by the Sea exhibition is a respectful nod to our wonderful maritime history. The Bay has been inhabited since Palaeolithic times and the lives of our residents and visitors have had long standing connections to the sea – whether as a source of food, employment or as a leisure activity.
We have a strong naval and military history and also tourists and residents have enjoyed our stunning coastline for years. The Bay has been chosen to host many prestigious events one great example is 1948 Olympics’ sailing event. Today, we continue to be a high profile event destination with over 50 sea based events taking place here each year.
Torbay by the Sea exhibition opened its doors on the 19th January and will be available throughout the season for you to enjoy.
Further details and tickets can be purchased on the official Torre Abbey Museum website.